Systems leaders – whether they are global leaders or community activists, working in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Americas – often apply a similar set of tactics and have similar experiences leading large, complex initiatives. Systems leadership is the result of:

  • Gaining in-depth insight into the systemic issues that need addressing
  • Building coalitions within communities by engaging and aligning diverse stakeholders around shared goals
  • Empowering action and collaboration by a broad network of organizations

Unlike traditional leaders, systems leaders are often humble, good listeners, and skilled facilitators who can successfully engage stakeholders with highly divergent priorities and perspectives. They see their role as catalysing, enabling and supporting widespread action – rather than occupying the spotlight themselves.

Extract from the World Economic Forum paper: “Systems leadership can change the world – but what exactly is it?”

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